UPDATE: Fernhurst murder accused appear in court

Police officers stop to interview motorists at the Fernhurst murder scene .'''Photo by Louise Adams C130132-1
Police officers stop to interview motorists at the Fernhurst murder scene .'''Photo by Louise Adams C130132-1

SIX people appeared in court today (Monday, June 17) in connection with the murder of Fernhurst man Michael Griffiths.

Gary King, 52, of Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs, Kent, Simon Penton, 42, of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, Harvey Munford, 22, of Monks Way, Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex, Kerry Rudder, 42, of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, and Damian Krafft, 26, of High Street, Shepperton, Middlesex, have all been charged with the murder of Michael Griffith, conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Pool End Close, Shepperton, Middlesex, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

All six defendants appeared at Lewes Crown Court today, taking to the dock in two groups of three because of a lack of space.

A plea and case management hearing will be heard at Lewes Crown Court on September 23.

A potential trial date has been set for February next year.

Michael Griffiths, 59, was found dead following a fire at his home on January 24.

The jewellery designer and antique buyer had been seriously assaulted before his death.